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Hi, I've got a P8P67 rev 3.0 mobo with the well known dual-boot issue. I've tried everything, even contacted ASUS support but the issue could not be permanently cured. Now I am considering to RMA the board and go for a Z series one. Now the question: can the MOBO be exchanged without having to do a fresh re-install from scratch again? FSX is fully set up and running just great, and honestly I am not in the mood to spend 2 days on installing and tweaking it. Thanks! Robert

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I think it should just be install the board and install the drivers for the mobo. I dont know if you will have to do all the other drivers or just mobo though.

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There is no point upgrading to the Z series to rid yourself of the dual boot issue, it happens on those too, you cant put your PC in standby mode either, these i7 2500/2600 boards have been the buggiest boards I have ever owned.

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There is no point upgrading to the Z series to rid yourself of the dual boot issue, it happens on those too, you cant put your PC in standby mode either, these i7 2500/2600 boards have been the buggiest boards I have ever owned.
Well in that case I'll stick to the P8P67 - which otherwise is perfectly fine for me - and hope that the new one won't have the dual-boot issue. Robert

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There is no point upgrading to the Z series to rid yourself of the dual boot issue, it happens on those too, you cant put your PC in standby mode either, these i7 2500/2600 boards have been the buggiest boards I have ever owned.
What dual boot issue on the Z series board? I have a P868Z-Deluxe motherboard that doesn't do that.

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Your one of the lucky ones then, it's called the cold boot issue, it usually worse if you have a water-cooling setup that keeps the case and motherboard cold. They won't wakeup from cold in standby either.

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Your one of the lucky ones then, it's called the cold boot issue, it usually worse if you have a water-cooling setup that keeps the case and motherboard cold. They won't wakeup from cold in standby either.
Hi Andy, Maybe a BIOS update will cure the problem

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I believe I'm already using the latest BIOS for my Extreme Z, I look into it again tomorrow though.

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you can swap boards as is without reinstall. W7 will want a reactivation on the hardware detection, re-run windows experience, and you are good to go.

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I believe I'm already using the latest BIOS for my Extreme Z, I look into it again tomorrow though.
Hi Andy, You have probably already done this, but reset CMOS flash latest BIOS and then reapply BIOS settings. This seems to have worked for others. The Z68 motherboards are OK I think the BIOS is buggy.Hope this helps

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I just wanted to chime in here:Same issues as the OP, and I also heard the Z series have the same problem.ASUS has no idea what's wrong.I do have complete watercooling setup (nothing on the mainboard though, except CPU Cooler).I'm being plagued by a dual-boot issue, no idea about standby as not using it. Also with a dual-boot comes a boot-hangup, a cursor is blinking and Windows doesn't come up. I'm seriously pi$$ed at ASUS for producing some really lame boards.It does seem that when cold(er) in the room the boot issue happens more often. I am not being able to solve it in any way. Oh and I have never been able to make the double boot happen... when I shut down and immediately power up again, also within 10 minutes, no double boot (computer is warm).And: latest BIOS is on, latest drivers, tried overclocked, tried stock, happens randomly, and happens on all setups (tried also with underclocked RAM etc) Oh and to answer your topic: it should be easily possible to install a new mobo without a windows reinstall. Did it 3 times on my current setup. Working great (when in Windows).

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What dual boot issue on the Z series board? I have a P868Z-Deluxe motherboard that doesn't do that.
Not going to believe this...............Dual boot has just happened to me!!!!!!!! This is after 2 weeks of normal operation, go figure.

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Funny thing is that the ASUS support guy told me (based on a MOBO expert's opinion) that the dual-boot, cold-boot etc. issues only affect a small fraction of the boards. I'd be slightly curious to know how many of us are dealing with it. Robert

Not going to believe this...............Dual boot has just happened to me!!!!!!!! This is after 2 weeks of normal operation, go figure.
See see :)

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me too, since day 0. I think it's a lot more of us than Asus is willing to admitI don't know if it's only Asus though

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I am so thinking of getting Gigabyte, though never liked their boards... maybe the looks, maybe the website or something else cosmical...

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The only boards that have ever failed for myself or my family are Gigabyte boards, I wont touch them because of this.

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The only boards that have ever failed for myself or my family are Gigabyte boards, I wont touch them because of this.
Each has their downsides I guess... good to know.

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Thinking maybe I should RMA it for another P868Z-Deluxe board?
You can, but there´s no guarantee really that you´ll get rid of the problem with the new board. Seems like we are in the same boat...

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You guys try clearing the RTC RAM by following the directions in page 2-21 of the manual? No issue on Gigabyte, to add insult to injury and in case you were wondering.biggrin.png

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The only boards that have ever failed for myself or my family are Gigabyte boards, I wont touch them because of this.
I just read an article on a swedish website where they had a graph with RMA statistics from a french website (lol). According to this graph Gigabyte motherboards actually have the lowest percentage of RMA's. http://www.sweclockers.com/nyhet/13859-fransk-datorsajt-publicerar-rma-statistik-for-april-manad Link is in swedish but the graphs are pretty easy to understand, lower is better.A link to the original website is at the bottom of the page. Moderkort = MotherboardGrafikkort = Graphics card. Google translated link to the original website.

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Not going to believe this...............Dual boot has just happened to me!!!!!!!! This is after 2 weeks of normal operation, go figure.
After researching this issue I have managed to stop the dual boot when starting cold. Seems to be back to normal. What I did was change to mode from manual to XMP in the BIOS. My overclock is still Offset mode -0.040 @ 4.6GHz. This was one of the fixes that worked for another individual with the same problem. Time will tell whether this is just a coincidence or a genuine fix for the problem.I think Andy was right - buggy.

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Hi, I've got a P8P67 rev 3.0 mobo with the well known dual-boot issue. I've tried everything, even contacted ASUS support but the issue could not be permanently cured. Now I am considering to RMA the board and go for a Z series one. Now the question: can the MOBO be exchanged without having to do a fresh re-install from scratch again? FSX is fully set up and running just great, and honestly I am not in the mood to spend 2 days on installing and tweaking it. Thanks! Robert
Robert what OS are you using? I know w/ XP when you changed motherboards unless it was the identical revision you needed to start w/ a fresh install. I'm sorry I don't really understand why but I recall hearing that from someone who should have known.

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